UIC's Lead Slips Away in 75-69 Defeat at Cleveland State

Foulks is one of just two players in program history with more than 200 career threes and steals.
Foulks is one of just two players in program history with more than 200 career threes and steals.

Feb. 11, 2013

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior Rachel Story posted her seventh 20-point outing of the season on Monday Night at Cleveland State, but it wasn’t enough as the UIC women’s basketball team (7-15, 3-6) fell to the Vikings (12-11, 4-6) by a final of 75-69 at the Wolstein Center.  Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann had a solid performance, notching her third double-double on the year with 18 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds, while shooting an impressive 9-of-12 from the field. 

UIC held the lead for nearly 27 minutes throughout the game, including 13:03 in the second half.  CSU’s Shalonda Winton scored 21 of her 32 points in the final period to pilot the Vikings’ offensive outburst of 49 second half points.

“Winton took over the game,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “She’s a great player and we didn’t have an answer for her.  I thought we did some good things in the first half, but we let that slip away in the second.”

It was a milestone night for senior Taylor Foulks who collected a team-season high six steals, upping her career total to 202 to become just the seventh player in program history to record 200 or more takeaways.  Foulks also sank two threes which brings her career total to 211, tying her for second-place all-time in UIC history.

After Cleveland State jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, the Flames took control with a 19-6 run and held a 21-12 advantage by the 9:28 mark.  Story and Hannemann combined for 12 of those 19 points as UIC’s defense limited the Vikings to just one made field goal in more than seven-and-a-half minutes.

UIC reached its largest lead of the first period, 31-18, off Story’s third trey of the game with 3:36 remaining in the half.  CSU closed out the final minutes of the first stanza on an 8-2 run, cutting the Flames’ halftime lead to 33-26.

Story led all scorers at the break with 13 points and 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the field, while Hannemann had 10 points on 5-of-7 (71.4%) shooting.  The duo owned 23 of the Flames’ 33 first half points and 10 of their 14 field goals.  Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton had 11 points at half, shooting 4-of-8 (50.0%) from the floor, while the rest of CSU shot just 5-of-18 (27.7%).  

To start the second half, the Flames amassed another 10-point lead (41-31) by the 16:28 mark and seemed to have regained their momentum.  That’s when CSU’s Winton went to work and rattled off 12 points in the next eight minutes, giving Cleveland State a 51-49 lead with 8:02 left to play.  Prior to moment, the Flames had held the lead for more than 21 straight minutes spanning back to the first half.

UIC recaptured the lead (61-58) at the 3:55 mark off an Emily Kobel three, her 40th of the season.  The Vikings didn’t stay down for long as they regained the edge 63 seconds later and scored the next six points, including 13 of the next 14.  With Cleveland State holding a 71-62 lead, the Flames recorded two quick buckets and chopped CSU’s advantage to 71-66 with 21 seconds on the clock.  The Vikings sank four straight foul shots and despite a late three from Foulks, CSU’s comeback was finalized.

Cleveland State enjoyed an advantage at the charity stripe, hitting 19-of-24 freebies compared to 6-of-9 for UIC.

The Flames return to action on Saturday afternoon at Valparaiso with tip scheduled for 1:05 p.m. CT.